(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee filed requests Thursday for state-house e-mails from Mitt Romney's time as governor of Massachusetts.
The requests specifically seek e-mails that include words that could reinforce the image the Democrats seek to paint of Romney as a candidate: "delete emails," "flip-flop," "change position," "raise taxes and fees," "move to the right," and "ranked 47th in job creation."
The moves come the day a front-page story in the Boston Globe alleged aides to Romney purchased their work computers - and destroyed e-mails from their time in the governor's service - after leaving the state house in 2006.
The Romney campaign reacted to the story Thursday by filing requests for e-mail correspondence between the current governor of Massachusetts, Democrat Deval Patrick, and members of President Barack Obama's political staff.
The records request from the DNC is for e-mails sent and received by nine members of Romney's staff during his time as governor. The nine aides specified by the DNC are the same ones who were alleged in the Boston Globe to have bought their work hard drives after leaving the state government.
In a press release, the DNC said its request would help the public learn about Romney's time as governor.
The release said, in part: "Americans deserve to know whether the Romney administration deliberately sought to delete public records in anticipation of requests regarding Governor Romney's record on a range of issues from abortion to health care and how he reached policy decision when in office."
In a letter sent earlier Thursday, Romney's campaign accused Massachusetts Gov. Patrick of supplying the information about the purchased hard drives.
In a request sent to the Massachusetts state house, Romney Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades wrote: "It is evident that your office has become an opposition research arm of the Obama reelection campaign. The latest example occurred yesterday when your chief legal counsel, Mark Reilly, in the absence of a legitimate public records request, supplied The Boston Globe with copies of cancelled checks from 2006 documenting the lawful purchase of computer equipment by departing members of the Romney administration."
Rhoades continued: "This action was nothing more than a weak attempt to disparage practices that you know were in complete compliance with the law."
The Romney campaign request is for all correspondence between Patrick and three top members of Obama's re-election campaign: David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Jim Messina.
The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.